No Sugar Tonight

Here’s the bad news: I have type 2 diabetes.

Here’s the good news: I now know why I’ve had such low energy all summer, and I know what to do about it.

It wasn’t a surprise, really; my father had diabetes and even lost a leg from it. And if I were a different person I would have heeded the warning years ago and cut down on carbs. I love bread and pasta. They make quick, inexpensive, delicious meals. My wife, the lovely and talented Kristina, gave me a bread machine for Christmas last year, and I used it all the time. I’m not so hooked on sweets, although I’ve noticed I’ve been craving sugar (fruit smoothees that I make at home, and even soda pop, which I haven’t had for years) for the last few months.

But I’m not the kind of person who heeds early warnings, I suppose. On the other hand, I find that I am the kind of person who takes the need for change seriously. It’s only been a couple of days, but I quickly turned from someone who routinely ate bread, pasta, and rice dishes to feeling a sort of revulsion toward unnecessary carbs. I saw what diabetes did to my father, and I’m determine that it won’t happen to me.

I also enjoy learning new things, so I’m studying up on low-carb diets and finding easy and tasty meals to cook for myself. I have a long way to go, and I imagine I’ll fall of the low-carb wagon sometimes, but mostly I’m feeling very good. I was concerned about my lack of energy the last few months, and now I know it’s not just the inevitable “getting old.” I suddenly feel in control. So yay for me.

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About James G. Milles

Professor of Law, SUNY Buffalo Law School

Posted on August 17, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Chin up, Jim! Glad you have a determined outlook. I was depressed and frightened for a couple of weeks when I found out. Ask me anything you’re curious about. Only one piece of advice at this time. Watch what you eat very closely for a while while monitoring your blood sugar, you’ll soon figure out what works & doesn’t for you. Everybody is different. Bananas make me skyrocket, oddly, but I come back down very quickly to normal. I’m the cook in the house, so I try to make food from as many fresh and unpackaged sources as possible. It works extraordinarily well, as long as you know what your triggers are. A little pasta or bread on the side is fine if you have a nice serving of meat and some fresh veg. What I mostly miss is all the starchy stuff I grew up on; rice, potato, and pasta main courses. But I’m a big believer in “everything in moderation” :)

  2. Thanks–that sounds like good advice. I just got the diagnosis Wednesday and started monitoring yesterday. How often should I be monitoring at this stage?

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